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In testing, the R did deliver very good signal quality. Netgear products are sold in approximately 30, retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 25, value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. Overall it's a great router as it's fast and easy to use, but as a tri-band it's only for households with a ton of devices. We tested the mixed mode only on the 2. The router supports Windows' SMB protocol, which allows any computer in the network to access its storage using a network browser such as Windows Explorer without having any additional software installed. The WNDR also offers great range, up to feet on the 2.

Design and Features

Netgear says that the R's hardware also supports multi-user multiple-input and multiple-output MU-MIMO though this feature is not available at launch and will be activated via a firmware upgrade in the future. Tri-band means that the router has three separate Wi-Fi bands.

Each band is a Wi-Fi broadcaster or access point. If a dual-band router has one band that runs at 5GHz and another that runs at 2. In other words, a tri-band router is like a dual-band router with an extra 5GHz access point attached to it. Note that 5GHz bands are typically faster than 2. Having more bands in the same box doesn't necessarily increase the connection speed of an individual Wi-Fi connection because a client can only connect to a router one band at a time. However, a router with multiple bands does allow more clients to connect to the router without adversely affecting the speeds of the others.

Since there are multiple Wi-Fi tiers, the router can group lower-tier 5GHz clients to one band and the higher-tier clients to another. So, lower-end products like an old phone or tablet would connect to one 5GHz band, while your brand new laptop would connect the other 5GHz band.

That said, having a tri-band router with two 5GHz bands is only helpful when there are many active 5Ghz clients a dozen or more in the network. The router can then spread out the connections among the 5Ghz clients, diminishing bandwidth issues.

However, if you have a small amount of concurrent active clients, a tri-band router makes no difference compared to a dual-band router. On each band, the Wi-Fi signal is delivered in spatial streams, the more streams the band has the faster the Wi-Fi data rate it can output. The number of streams also determines the grades or tiers of Wi-Fi performance.

There are currently four tiers including single-stream 1x1 , dual-stream 2x2 , three-stream 3x3 and quad-stream 4x4. Right now there are no quad-stream clients laptops, phones, etc. In fact, to conserve power, most mobile clients support either single- or dual-stream. The fastest clients for now are three-stream, which have a top on-paper speed of 1,Mbps. The actual speed you'll experience between these clients and the R depends on many factors and is always much lower than that.

More on this in the performance section below. However, the more streams the devices have will generally translate into faster sustained Wi-Fi speed. MU-MIMO is a new Wi-Fi technology designed to handle Wi-Fi bandwidth efficiently, hence it should be capable of delivering faster data rates to multiple connected clients at a time. As mentioned above, there are four different Wi-Fi speed tiers and without MU-MIMO, a router would treat each device connected to it equally with no regard for which tier the device fell under.

In this case a router could waste its transmission power on a device that didn't need that much power in the first place, potentially wasting your router's bandwidth. With MU-MIMO, multiple simultaneous transmissions of different Wi-Fi tiers are sent to multiple devices at the same time, enabling them to connect at the speed each client needs. Each of these "routers" is dedicated to each tier of devices in the network so that multiple devices can connect at the same time without slowing down one another.

Though still called NightHawk, the X8 doesn't look anything like a flying object. Instead it's a squarish shape with four antennas on the back. The two extra LAN ports can work together in a aggregation mode to create a 2Gbps connection to a wired client. On default Netgear firmware Telnet access lacks password or other control; on ISP modified versions such as Sky a Telnet password exists based on the MAC address which can be found via online websites. In January , various Netgear products were found to be vulnerable to an exploit that allows third-party access to the router and the internal network and to turn the router into a botnet.

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American City Business Journals. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. The WNDR offers all-around great wireless performance on both the 2. Apart from the lack of Gigabit Ethernet, the only other complaint we have is the network storage throughput speed, which is mediocre. However, this is common among routers with the same features. If you're looking for a well-rounded wireless router for your home and don't want to spend much, the WNDR is worth every penny.

On top, right in the middle of the sleek black surface, it has a big, round blue button adorned with eight little LED lights that supposedly represent the directions in which the antennas are directed.

Like most Netgear routers and access points, the WNDR has an internal antenna design, making it more compact and tidier than routers with external antennas. This big blue button is also dubbed the Wi-Fi Protected Setup button. Press it and you will start a 2-minute window of time in which other WPS-enabled devices can enter the network. On the back, the router has four LAN ports for wired clients and one WAN port to be connected to an Internet source such as a broadband modem.

The router has two detachable feet that enable it to work in the vertical position. The router comes with a setup application called Netgear Genie that includes detailed step-by-step instructions. The instructions are so clear that we believe few would have trouble getting the router up and running. We were able to do so within 5 minutes, including the time spent getting the router out of the box.

Note, however, this is an early version of Netgear Genie. During CES , Netgear announced a much more advanced version of the software that can do a lot more than just help set up the device. This means it's capable of simultaneously broadcasting Wireless-N signals on both the 2.

The 5GHz band is somewhat more exclusive and therefore should offer better throughput performance. By being dual-band, the WNDR supports virtually all existing network clients. Netgear offers another dual-band router, the WNDR , which can work in only one band at a time.

In that sense, the WNDR is a big upgrade. You can turn these networks on or off separately by using the router's Web interface. Apart from these, the router offers the option of another two guest networks--one for each band--which can also be turned on or off separately.

A guest network is useful if you want to offer free Internet access to guests while keeping them from accessing your local resources such as your printer or personal files. This is a great feature for a small cafe or restaurant. We tried it with a few external hard drives and were pleased with how this feature worked, though we wished it were faster.

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